2020 Ford Explorer Teased Ahead Of Next Year’s Launch

Ford has used the Beijing Motor Show to release a new teaser image of the 2020 Explorer.

Shown underneath a sheet, the teaser image doesn’t reveal much it suggests the model will have a relatively smooth front fascia with gentle curves. Moving further back, we can see a relatively short hood and a gently raked windscreen which meets a sloping roof.

The model also appears to have a roof rack and an upward sweeping beltline. Elsewhere, there’s pronounced wheel arches and a relatively upright tailgate.

Ford confirmed the next-generation Explorer will be built in China and the company has previously said the model will be launched in the United States next year. An Explorer ST will “soon follow” and it is expected to use a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine that is shared with the Lincoln Continental and Lincoln MKZ.

The engine produces 400 hp (298 kW) and 400 lb-ft (542 Nm) of torque. If these figures carryover to the Explorer ST, the model would be significantly more powerful than the current Explorer Sport which has a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that develops 365 hp (272 kW) and 350 lb-ft (474 Nm) of torque.

Besides the Explorer ST, we can expect a plug-in hybrid variant. Details remain elusive but Ford has previously said they’re going “all-in on hybrids” as the fuel-saving technology will be offered on high-volume models such as the Bronco, Escape, Explorer, Mustang and F-150.

The new Explorer is expected to have a lot in common with the Lincoln Aviator as both will ride on the CD6 platform which supports front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive applications. Besides the hybrid powertrain, reports have suggested the Explorer will be offered with a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine as well as a 3.3-liter V6.

more photos...

Spy photo credits: Carscoops reader Brett Borgard

  • Nordschleife

    Just make it different enough for the Aviator to stand alone. That’s all I ask.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Amen Nordy!

    • Bash

      well said.

  • John F. Murphy

    Does this mean Ford is making the next-generation Explorer in China to import to the US market? “Ford confirmed the next-generation Explorer will be built in China and the company has previously said the model will be launched in the United States next year.” I do not like that at all. Also I will never buy a Ford made in China.

    • Jay

      An imported ford.. from China. Nothing about that sounds appealing.

    • Rocket

      No, they aren’t. For now anyway. With the exception of the Focus, Ford and Lincoln models made in China are staying in China.

  • ErnieB

    Please please make the seats comfortable.. please.. and don’t dare use the new expeditions ugly interior!

  • Harry_Wild

    Ford has done an excellent job on the camouflage for the next Explorer. Really cannot tell much either!

  • Ford just announced that they will no longer be making sedans except for the Mustang and Focus Eco…this is dramatic news…

  • iea96

    High fender pikes and shoulder lines, looks like Ford is using the Range Rover formula here

You Can Now Have Amazon Deliver Your Packages Inside Your New Acura RDX

Third-gen RDX owners can now have their Amazon packages delivered inside their vehicles.

A BMW M3 E46 Just Sold For $90,000, Will This Become The New Normal?

The BMW M3 E46 is quickly becoming a modern classic and prices are rising.

Commuter On Death Wish Rides Electric Scooter On Texas Highway!

We’ve seen some pretty stupid things captured on cam, but this one probably ranks among the most unreasonable ever.

Vin Diesel Gifted SpeedKore’s Unique 1650 HP Dodge Charger Tantrum For His Birthday

SpeedKore presented its 1650 hp Dodge Charger Tantrum a few years ago at SEMA.

Hear Akrapovic Work Its Magic On 2020 Toyota Supra’s Soundtrack

Made out of titanium, it is lighter, emits a more evocative sound and probably liberates a few extra ponies as well.

2020 Corvette C8: GM Claims It Has Yet To Test Its Top Speed

GM has said the C8 will hit 60 mph in under 3 seconds in Z51 guise, but its v-max is still unknown.

BMW To Invest More On New Mini Crossovers In A Bid To Regain Market Share

Mini is set to offer more SUVs and two-door hatches .

New Ecurie LM69 Reimagines The Classic Jaguar XJ13 Racer For The Road

The unique Jaguar XJ13 will live again through Ecurie’s new LM69 supercar.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA Is An A-Class On The Inside As Well

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA features the same interior design as the A-Class premium compact hatch and sedan.

Ford Investing $50 Million In Chicago Plant For Hybrid Production

Ford will shift assembly of the Explorer and Lincoln Aviator hybrids to a new building.